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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-19

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-19


Topics Live concert


Alabama Getaway, Walkin' Blues, So Many Roads, Easy Answers, Don't Ease Me In, Unbroken Chain Samson & Delilah, Way To Go Home, Crazy Fingers, Corinna-> Mathilda-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle-> Stella Blue-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Audience: Schoeps MK41's
Lineage Schoeps MK41 (F.O.B.) > DAT @ 48KHz > ZA2 (48>44.1) > SHN
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Reviews

Reviewer: Monkeyfister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2017
Subject: Enjoyed This Show...
I always found it exciting hearing the new songs get developed right in front of me live. One day, here's a little lick during an extended jam. The next I hear it, it is it's own 2nd Set jam. The next time, lyrics added. Finally, months later, it's a full song.
Through my entire career as a Union Stagehand, I never saw that in any other band. Most don't even try to do that because it is risky. The very idea of developing a full album's worth of songs in front of a crown of tens of thousands of people is as ballsy as it gets, really, and I praised it every time I witnessed it.
I mean-- we've heard enough studio rehearsals at this point, it's easy to see doing it live seemed far more productive for them.
To me, Dead shows were an adventure. Sure I had my favorite staples I hoped they'd play, and all that, but I rather liked those late era "What is this they're playing?" moments, when suddenly everything was utterly new, and unknown, and... EXCITING.
The 1990's found the band rolling through a lot of muddy ruts, but those moments of creativity, whether I liked the new tune or not, made the night special to me. I felt like I saw something historic taking place.
Reviewer: Sparkling Clean 1983 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2014
Subject: Blessed
I stopped my ten or so years of touring in the very early 90's with around 50 shows. I can remember all the times people strung a chain of balloons together and passed them from the back of the grass to the front, or at least we tried and only a few times received back from Phil a few notes of a teased Unbroken Chain.

How blessed were the heads to be at this unveiling of UC. Listen to Phil's interview on how complicated it was to play in the studio and why it would likely never be done live.

Goosebumps is all I have to say!

SC!
Reviewer: sueinphilly - - March 15, 2013
Subject: almost 18 years now
since I was at this show. In retrospect, you can say what you want about it, but it was definitely one of those 'you had to be there' shows to 'get it'.

Yes, we all knew that Jerry was on shaky ground. But few people knew it would be their last show in Philadelphia ever.

The electricity in that building (may the both Jerry and the Spectrum RIP) was real. On the old tapes you could hear the audible "SHHHH" that swept thru once the initial eruption of OMG they ARE playing IT.

As for whether it is a good song, I guess it depends on who you are and how you look at it. I'm a 52 year old woman. I see things now in many of the bands lyrics that I didn't 'get' when I was younger. Life is about perspective. We are all snowflakes, no two are the same.

Blue light rain, whoa unbroken chain,
Looking for familiar faces in an empty window pane.

Listening for the secret, searching for the sound
But I could only hear the preacher and the baying of his hounds.

Willow sky, whoa, I walk and wonder why,
They say love your brother, but you will catch it when you try.

Roll you down the line boy, drop you for a loss,
Ride you out on a cold railroad and nail you to a cross.

November and more, as I wait for the score,
They're telling me forgiveness is the key to every door.
A slow winder day a night like forever,
Sink like a stone, float like a feather.

Lilac rain, unbroken chain, song of the sawhet owl.
Out on the mountain, it'll drive you insane, listening to the winds howl

Unbroken chain of sorrow and pearls, unbroken chain of shy and sea.
Unbroken chain of the western wind, unbroken chain of you and me
Reviewer: peasant - favorite - August 29, 2012
Subject: sad and painful
It is so hard and painful to listen to this. I checked it out because someone told me to check out '95 Unbroken Chain. It is sad to hear Garcia; he can barely play the guitar anymore. Even his tunes feature barely competent playing. Even back in 83, 84, 85 when his habits were getting the better of him, he could still "mail it in" and cut the perfunctory leads and provide some dazzle. Here? It's simply sad to listen to how far things had fallen.
Reviewer: UpInDaADK's - favoritefavorite - January 20, 2012
Subject: Baabyblu....
Ummm...Babyblu, they NEVER played Unbroken Chain before..

And yes, its painful to listen to.
Reviewer: unbrobenchain???mighthavejustbroke - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2011
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
"." Nonintuitive
Reviewer: grizz2 - favoritefavorite - March 25, 2011
Subject: It was over
While I still get goosebumps from the first 30 seconds of the Chain, all in all, in nearly 200 shows I attended, this was arguably the worst. Certainly the weakest first-set. Jerry was just gone. This is the PICTURE of going through the motions.
But really, they had been doing a fair amount of that after the summer of 1990.
Reviewer: babyblu - - March 19, 2011
Subject: terrible song
I hate to bust everyone's bubble , but Unbroken Chain is a terrible song. I don't care how long it had been since they played it last. there's a reason they stopped playing it. It's like running into an old girlfriend, you remember why you broke up.
Reviewer: weir1965 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2009
Subject: The Moment
This was a FANTASTIC Grateful Dead show. Not a FANTASTIC 90s show just a FANTASTIC show period.
In one of the books that came out shortly after Jerrys death I believe Blair Jackson had a quote saying "we at least had the moment".
This show had "the moment". When the noodling after Dont Ease Me In became Unbroken Chain there was a moment, one to cherish. You couldn't believe what you thought you were about to hear.
Then when it all came together 20000 people freaked the fucked out for a moment. NIIIIIICE !
This was a great Garcia night also minus a couple of hiccups. The Alabama Getaway opener was strong, i was glad to see this was back in trhe rotation again on a regular basis. Crazy Fingers and So Many Roads were just fucken WONDERFUL and I tought the Stella Blue rocked with some kick ass guitar playing at the end.
I was and still am a big Corrina fan and when Jerry belted out the chorus with a big Corrinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ah ah ahhhhhh it was GREAT. Matilda was always a big treat for me, a little Carribean flair and you could tell Jerry really had fun with this tune.
I see 1995 differently than most. I started seeing the band in 1978 and saw over 200 shows and was just happy to be there. I'll quote Robert Hunter for my opinion on the 1995 Dead. " gave the best we had to give - how much they'll never know , never know"
That sums it up - good time - great show - nice memoery and oh yeah THE MOMENT.Furthur in NY in 3 days. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Reviewer: revjustin - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2009
Subject: Actually better than I remember it
This show was (sadly) the last time I saw the boys live. It was a special show for many reasons, but despite being there for "the bust out", I was not thrilled with the show. Part of the issue for me was that I had a very heard time hearing anything that night. It might have been the cheap seats, it might have been the paper, it might have been the PA - who knows. I brought along a friend of mine who had expressed interest in the Dead and after the show I recall him being utterly underwhelmed and I recall myself feeling saddened by Jerry's state and the obvious tension between Bobby and Jerry on stage. Bobby had to step in a few times and play Jerry's parts if I recall and that, while academically interesting, was bizarre to watch.

I had purposely stayed away from listening to this show simply because I didn't expect much from it and the earlier versions I did catch snippets of were had horrid sound quality. This version sounds quite nice and it (and 14 years of distance) have allowed me to hear this show anew and while not my favorite show ever, it a lot better than I remember it. Wish I would have appreciated it more at the time.

As a note to OldSchoolJerry rhetorical question about why the Dead chose this song over any other to bust out, I recent read in Phil's book, Searching for the Sound, that his son, Graham, requested that they learn it and Phil obliged.
Reviewer: ny dead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: missing the whole point
i cant, as a dedadhead, and more importantly a fan of life and the times we get"moments of joy" believe what im reading here.. .how jerry sounded on this song and how the band pulled it off is irrelavant..they played it...they knew we wanted to hear it and gave us a gift....when i think of what matters on this recording i need only listen to the 20,ooo joyous heads in the crowd forget the band ...listen to the kids..........yes!!!!!! rip jerry
Reviewer: OldSchoolJersey - - March 17, 2009
Subject: Well...
Ok, first off I was not at this show, but I did manage to catch the bulk of the Unbrokens performed in '95. When someone first told me they had busted this out in Philly, my first reaction was "WOW!"...and then my second reaction was "Oy, it must have been a big sloppy mess." In most if not all versions, Jerry is non-existent...not really a shocker considering the time period. Why they chose to attempt to rehearse & play this tune vs. Golden Road, Cosmic Charlie or St. Stephen I will never know.
Reviewer: bobby33914 - favorite - August 31, 2008
Subject: Sad, Sad, Sad.............
Wow, I have not listened to many shows from the 90's, but, hopefully they all dont sound like this, I thought maybe this might be worth the listen cuz of the Unbroken Chain, not that i would consider that any sort of exciting breakout or anything, but I thought maybe the show might be good because of that, boy was I wrong, Is all this show does is make you cry......
Reviewer: FrankFoster - - May 8, 2008
Subject: Sarcasm - yes
It was sarcastic.

You know, CViz, I had to complete a lot of internet-based research to find those 2 band names, and then you go and ruin my Thunder ;)

My point is don't be a basher, helpful critical reviews are all we need.
Reviewer: C.VIZ - - April 25, 2008
Subject: Nickelback and Lighthouse????
Frank, please let the folks here know if that was sarcasm or not comparing The Dead to Nickleback and Lighthouse. If it was then OK, I get it. If not, you gotta be kidding me....WOW!
Reviewer: cosmo21 - favorite - March 30, 2008
Subject: Great Moment, Terrible Show
I was at all 3 Spectrum shows during the 1995 run and looking back this was by far the worst of the 3. I admit the debut of Unbroken Chain was one of my favorite moments at a Dead show, and even though the song wasn't perfect it was a great experience to be apart of.
All things considered, with the exception of my first live Alabama, the first set was an embarassment. I remember being disgusted when hearing the first chords of Don't Ease unable to comprehend the band playing a 5 song first set. Thankfully the Unbroken Chain served almost as a 1st set encore, but looking back this had to be perhaps the shortest first set of the 90's.
The 2nd set turned out to be a real dud for me at the time both in song selection and performance, and listening to it again has done nothing for me.
Overall being in the crowd for the first Unbroken Chain was an unforgettable experience, however the rest of the show is one I'd rather forget.
BTW- This was not the last event at the Spectrum, as the Flyers played there until May of 1996. In fact they still have had concerts, minor league hockey and other events through early 2008.
Reviewer: dnavillus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2008
Subject: Wow
I'm giving 4 stars for what would be a three star show without UBC. I have not heard the other audience but this one is a very nice FOB for the Spectrum. One disappointment is that you can actually hear the beginning to UBC quite well...that was not the case 18 years ago, the noise of the crowd was deafening. An older cassette I have captured it better (I wonder if the other Aud may be that source). Anyway I used to get this feeling like a chemical upswing when I listened to it...not the same on this source but I appreciate being able to hear the opening a little better. This was also, I think, the last event at the Spectrum ever? So show is also historical in that sense. First set is decent overall..yes its short..but WTF you get the FIRST Unbroken Chain! I mean c'mon where is the love...I guess some did fade away. The So Many Roads kicks ass! Second set is a normal '95 second set except for the rare, and in my opinion delightfully fun, Matilda. Crazy Fingers was powerful that night from where I was standing behind Phil dancing in and out of the back hallway (now that is where the love was!!!).
The aquatic themed lighting was especially good for those of us swimming around back there. Drums/Space was also well done and Miracle rocked as usual. Stella was poignant and spiritual for all those reflecting on the ephemeral quality of experience that is transcended in music. Not Fade Away also nice...you can hear Jerry giving a little bit extra. Brokedown was always good and no exception here.
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - favoritefavorite - November 20, 2007
Subject: Crap
i dont know why everyone shits themselves for "unbroken chain".its not a great song.Nor is Dark Star during the 90s.I know im gonna catch heat for this,its just true.
At this point people were just wishing for a novelty.Like when they Played HC Sunshine,it was the greatest thing since Jesus Christ.A year later people were complaining about it
Reviewer: sydthecat2 - favoritefavorite - October 15, 2007
Subject: The wheat from the chaff
Don't want to waste too much time on this but there are those of us who return to '95 trying to understand what was going on and watch the thing go down.

Crazy Fingers is the musical highlight of this show. It's pretty good and the closing jam comes as a surprise after the lacklustre playing that precedes it. The Chain is one of the worst of the '95 bunch. What a shame that jerry was so uninterested in being a musician by this point that he couldn't be bothered to re-learn this wonderful song. I didn't need the '74 Jerry to blaze through it but I did need a jerry who could simply play the song and noodle properly during the break. If I'da been Phil I would have pushed HIM down the stairs.

Samba yes. But Chain? Sad. Just too sad.
Reviewer: jdre79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2007
Subject: Enjoy it for what it was....
The dead were obviously not in top form but there was still a lot of magic in most all of their performances. I don't care what anybody says...I was at this show and I felt the magic then and I still feel it evrytime I listen to it.
Reviewer: MikeGinsberg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2007
Subject: A Reglious Experience
This was the last time the Dead played Philly and my wife's 12th show as well as her favorite story to tell about a Dead show. The local paper had a rumor that Unbroken Chain might be played at this show. After a short first set, the band slowly went into the song and the crowd exploded. I started screaming the second I recognized the song and this huge hairy sweaty guy tapped me on the shoulder asking me "Is this what I think it is?" I confirmed to him that it was Unbroken Chain and he held his arms out and we hugged. It was in incredible experience. A few years ago, I met Phil and told him this story and that I still had the ticket stub in my wallet. He laughed and insisted on signing it for me. It is now in a frame in our living room in the corner of a photo of my wife, daughter and I with Phil. What an amazing band...
Reviewer: GratefulME - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2007
Subject: soo many roads
couldnt get tickets, sold out in 45 mins,so we sold nitrous!!!!thanx for the show
Reviewer: laptaper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2006
Subject: Unbroken shivers!
Still have my teeth clenched from that frisson from hearing the beginning of Unbroken Chain and the crowd's reaction to it. Yeah, the SBD does not do justice to this moment. :-)
Reviewer: NCarolBlvd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2006
Subject: I thought they were all like this
Because of when I was born, I was only able to go to two shows and this was one of them. While I didn't realize the magnitude of what was happening on stage when Unborken Chain went off, you'd have to have no soul to not feel what was happening in the crowd. I had never been and have since not been around so many happy people at one time. I thought all Dead shows were like that and regardless of what anybody tells me, I'm going to think they were. This show made me a lifetime fan..and my friends too. So from my perspective, it was the greatest show ever.
Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: The "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!---- The new Pope must grant Saint-hood to Jerry!.... ST.GARCIA has a nice ring to it.
Reviewer: MCSZ - favoritefavorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars
Reviewer: drgnw/mtchs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2005
Subject: so beautiful!!!
Hearing the crowd utterly erupt when they recognize just what is about to go down is enough to bring tears to my eyes...Looking back, the breakout of this was an omen I failed to recognize, and appreciate. Boy did we have some fun....Memories...
Reviewer: monkeymcnuggets - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2005
Subject: the last one
My last show...the break-out was nice but the real hi-lite of this show for me was the incredibly sweet outro jam in "stella blue"...short but incredibly powerful garcia - check it out...this tape actually gets a LOT of play just for THAT...the NFA that follows isn't half bad either...and, yes, the "so many roads" that other reviewers have mentioned is worth a listen as well.....
Reviewer: Jason from Pennsyltucky - favoritefavorite - October 4, 2005
Subject: tangled in da window blind
The last show I saw with my touring buddy. Well they broke out the chain. the end was near. I have a video of this show and my highlight is the so many roads, as I had not heard the crowd react in this way since the dark star bust of 10/9/89. take it for what it is worth..something we always wanted.

When I heard the news, I thru in this video and shed a few tears when I saw the so many roads.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavorite - September 29, 2005
Subject: breakout I guess
I guess 2 stars for a historic breakout(of a below average song)Didn't want to waste anymore time on this than I already did, but my eyeball guesstimate is 35 mins on that putrid first set.I blame myself for going back to these 95's when I said, "no more."
Reviewer: IAG Creative - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2005
Subject: just joining in the discussion
To the reviewer a few down from this one: First of all, I wish all MY reviewers were as easy to please as you. Look man, if you read Phil's book, he described watching what was essentially Jerry's slow demise as heartbreaking. If Phil was sad, WE CAN BE TOO! IT"S OK! There's beauty in the breakdown. Bringing it back, I was at this show and the ecstatic roar of the crowd for Unbroken Chain that lasted ten minutes into intermission was truly a moment in a life... I know full well that the performance was (ahem) not good. Yet it was the greatest experience of pure energy I've ever had. Otherwise, not an impressive show. Since crowd experience can't come across on tape, I'll not factor it in my rating. I'm only rating the performance, not the recording quality.
Reviewer: scroto - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: Falsetto
Jerry's near-falsetto on "So Many Roads" makes me cry. I remember a lot of nitrous, as usual, Philadelphia being Nitropolis, the capital of N2O. The "Alabama" opener was a treat, and the Unbroken, whatever its musical worth, was the first Unbroken - these guys loved Philadelphia. This was a pretty cool run of three shows, with a great Iko, Visions of Johanna, It's All Too Much in previous shows.

If you dig, there are actually some gems in '95.
Reviewer: PennsylvaniaPete - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2005
Subject: Unborken Chain
I remember thinking there was something wrong with me at this show. They break out Unbroken Chain. I always loved the sone, and I AM THERE for the breakout!!!!! Why was I not more happy?

I didn't realize that it just wasn't that good. The Unbroken Chain versions that Phil sings in this, the 21st century, are much better.
Reviewer: FareYeWell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2005
Subject: how could you not love it
In my humble opinion ive loved the grateful dead every step of the way theyve brought me through anything and everything i just dont understand how some people can write a bad review based on a flub or what not all they're music was grately done this show and many in 95 that people call bad im appaled to them there are many moving songs and many that are down right dirty ripped up its sad that some of us will say that this music was sad and not inspirational. it was life changing at the worst moments for me to say the least
Reviewer: FRAG - favoritefavorite - July 18, 2005
Subject: Level HEADed
Most every review here is correct in some form. IMHO, most 90's shows at best had only moments of greatness... that is ONLY MY opinion. This show has some of those special moments in it that keep us coming back for more [So Many Roads has very nice crowd/Jerry interaction in the end & UBC was special- even if for somewhat novel reasons]. These are the reasons we keep coming back.

Being an addict of the DEAD (a fan-addict). First, admit you/we are addicts for going to & participating in hours of good & bad performances. We participate with good intentions... I am one of these so called "fans"(from fanatic).

I likely saw more bad shows than good (again in my opinion) but the good shows effected me in such a positive way, it will forever be worth me coming back for more, on the chance I may have another enlightening experience.

I try to remind myself as I read these reviews that everyone can Experience the same show differently!

The sound on this audio is an average audience quality show. I am thankful for having access to these shows- and Grateful we are allowed to have spirited conversations about them- it helps me make my own decisions.

Thank you Archives for this outlet of our resonating energy!
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: The bitter truth
I was at this show, and besides being utterly beside myself at hearing the first live Unbroken Chain, 21 years after the studio release, I came out thinking they played pretty well in the 2nd set.

After listening to the stream, I gotta say it was mostly lame with some really good moments. The first set is well played, including a great So Many Roads, up until the Chain, when it becomes obvious that Jerry hasn't learned the song. He never quite did.

The second set had some good moments but no long jams (except D/S). Samson at least is played at its proper tempo, unlike the dragging versions of 1985-86. By God, Jerry gives it his best, but it's just not there.

Crazy Fingers is next. Lyrically, this is the worst version I've ever heard of this song. Musically, it might be the best. Jerry's middle solo starts a bit shakily, but hangs together, and then gets inspired. The closing jam is very sweet. This and Stella are the two highlights of the second set.

Corinna I HATE, and this jam with Mathilda doesn't do much for me.

Stella is good but not as good as I remembered. It's almost twice as fast as usual, and Jerry wails on the middle jam, but settles for a repetitive, though pretty, lead at the end, with the band crescendoing under him.

Not Fade has a nice, although too brief, Jerry solo.

Overall, the show has enough good that I can't quite give it just 1 star - maybe 1 1/2. I give it a 2 considering the good quality for an audience recording.
Reviewer: TwinD - favorite - July 6, 2005
Subject: Take off your rose-tinted glasses
I don't understand people sometimes. This show was crap. 96% crap. Unbroken Chain, sure, major break-out, but surrounded by 120 minutes of garbage. No wonder Weir used to get annoyed at DeadHeads, we'd take any garbage thrown at us and yell for more, when we should have been running the band out of town on a rail.

Download this for the historical significance of the first live Unbroken Chain, but no other reason. How 20 previous reviewers could land this an average four-star review just goes to show how apathetic we are about our music.

One of the worst of nearly 200 shows I saw.

Nice recording, though.
Reviewer: ripplemaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject: first unbroken chain
i have been to World series games,NFL games,wrestling matches, paul mccartney, billy joel, and hundreds of other events in my life. However, nothing compares to the crowd noise after the first unbroken chain on this night in the Spectrum. When the lights went black, the crowd was electric for another 10 minutes before they turned the lights back on. definitely one of the highlights of my shows with the dead. An unbelievable night of music and the historical aspect of the the first unbroken chain will always be with me. okay the show isn't a highlight of 1995 but who cares. The dead was about the experience of the show. Each night was different. Anyone who was there knows how incredible the crowd reaction was to the unbroken chain. Nothing will ever change that. TRUST ME nobody walked out of the Spectrum that night saying, "This show was horrible." It was quite the opposite. Everyone was screaming that we had just seem a classic.
Reviewer: Kola67 - favorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: far from a 5 star show
aside from one song this was a very weak show. the best thing about this recording is it's an audience tape and you get to hear the chain reaction as people start figuring out they're playing Unbroken Chain. the night before was a half decent show even for 95, and the Visions of Johanna might have lacked the historical significance of UC but was a much better musical highlight
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2005
Subject: Poor Philly
The Rectum had seen GREAT shows over the years, sad to go out on a wimper with this run.
I agree with Tito on the Chain breakout. I would have LOVED to hear it on a Wall of sound show circa 73-74.

James Bong this was the first time EVER that they played it so I understand the excitement, my point was it's a shame they didn't play it back when Jerry was still in top form. I LOVED the Mars Hotel version , which is all we had for years. I still prefer that version to the live but Jerry-lite versions of 95.
Reviewer: James_Bong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2005
Subject: Dude...
Unbroken Chain got people crazy because they hardly ever played it...and this show was the first time they had in like a million years. As far as the song itself, I like it, and you are entitled to your opinion, but listen to it off "Live From the Mars Hotel", you may change your tune : )

PEACE
Reviewer: James_Bong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2005
Subject: Dude...
Unbroken Chain got people crazy because they hardly ever played it...and this show was the first time they had in like a million years. As far as the song itself, I like it, and you are entitled to your opinion, but listen to it off "Live From the Mars Hotel", you may change your tune : )

PEACE
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - favoritefavorite - March 17, 2005
Subject: Unbroken chain
Dont know why everyone shits themselves for "unbroken chain".its not a great song.Nor is Dark Star during the 90s.I know im gonna catch heat for this,its just true.
Reviewer: boogiesession - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2005
Subject: Unbroken Brain
oops...
I pretty much caught this entire spring tour.Jerrys playing had become dismal, Bobby & Phil was taking on the horns of the mighty dragon.This show was pretty typical of a latter 90's show.Mathilda was smoking, and of course the motherload of Unbroken Chain.When they busted this out, the crowd was sooooo loud it was hard to hear the tune. That still (after catching 200+ shows of various bands), is the loudest crowd reaction that Ive ever heard or been part of.I still have a crispy aud tape of this show. UJB was ok(from what I remember), but nothing spectacular. I'll give it a 4star, because of sentimental reasons & the UC.
One thing though, I remember in the mens room headys were taking bets, literally, there was a guy acting as a bookie!! Never seen that happen @ any show before.I remember laughing soooo hard walking out of that bathroom.
d/l for the 1st Unbroken anyway.
peace,KC
ps, did I win any $-sure did, I called that m.f*%#@* right that nite! I just knew they would break it out. Though, check out latter tour UC's they seem to sound better and better.
Reviewer: ramboorider - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2005
Subject: 2 memories
I was at the show and have two positive memories. The UBC was incredible, not because the performance was anything, but the crowd response was one of the most electric experiences I've ever been in the middle of. Also, Jerry's vocal on So Many Roads, particularly toward the end with the repetative, bluesy "so many roads, so many rooooaaaads" was as soulful and beautiful as anything I've heard him sing. Otherwise a typical mid-90's show with some nice moments but not very inspired.

Another reviewer made an interesting point about the conflict between Jerry's body and soul in his later days. He or she felt the soul always won out. I'm not sure. My last two shows were the RFK shows in '95 - his body kicked his soul's ass on the first night and the soul hung in there and made the second night worth seeing.
Reviewer: ramboorider - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2005
Subject: 2 memories
I was at the show and have two positive memories. The UBC was incredible, not because the performance was anything, but the crowd response was one of the most electric experiences I've ever been in the middle of. Also, Jerry's vocal on So Many Roads, particularly toward the end with the repetative, bluesy "so many roads, so many rooooaaaads" was as soulful and beautiful as anything I've heard him sing. Otherwise a typical mid-90's show with some nice moments but not very inspired.

Another reviewer made an interesting point about the conflict between Jerry's body and soul in his later days. He or she felt the soul always won out. I'm not sure. My last two shows were the RFK shows in '95 - his body kicked his soul's ass on the first night and the soul hung in there and made the second night worth seeing.
Reviewer: GoatMotor - favoritefavorite - January 24, 2005
Subject: Yeah...
I wasn't at this show but I remember that night like it was yesterday. My girlfriend at the time went to check RUN-DEAD for the set list and called me up at about 1AM and told me about the Unbroken Chain. I had to hear it for myself so I went and called and I remember the guy went and listed the first set as soon as it ended (usually he would list at the end of the show) and how stunned he was! Good times! Unfortunately I don't really think the rest of this show was as strong, obviously it's worth the download for the Unbroken Chain but other than that it's pretty much a run-of-the-mill 95 show. I still get chils when I hear that crowd response though!
Reviewer: Tripps86 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: Why couldn't I be older?!
If only I could have been old enough to go to Dead shows before Jerry died. When I heard this version of "Unbroken Chain" for the first time, chills swept through my body.
Who knows why they never did this song before? It's an amazing piece of music.
The crowd's reaction is nothing short of amazing.
Reviewer: NotJim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2005
Subject: Help from a friend
So i was bopping around some site with Dead merchandise, and i was looking at the Dead Bears....the little collectible ones, and reading all the Tour Stories, when i saw one that talked about the First Unbroken Chain. The kid was saying how he went with his dad and his dad was going nuts. I already knew about this site so i decided to check it out. Man, the Crowd went CRAZY. ive never heard anything like it. Its also cool cuz i just got the Dead dvd for xmas (my new fav. possession) and there was a song playing on the menu i had never heard, that was super chunky and funky....and there it was. The show was cool...but that song was wild.
Reviewer: Uffel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2004
Subject: not a bad show at all!
this is quite a good one, not only for the mid-nineties era. Alabama Getaway really rocks, So Many Roads is as beautiful as ever, and the audience going wild at the beginning of Unbroken Chain is certainly an all-time-Dead-mment. The Brokedown encore is also very sweet.
Reviewer: bigboypete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2004
Subject: Be Grateful
Will go down as one of the best Dead shows ever. 94-95 Dead is not abysmal. Sure, I love a nice tight jam as much as the next head but what they lacked in technical merit they made up for with emotion. There is an intangible feeling to these later shows. There is a wonderful sense of desparation in Jerry's singing especially. You can tell he is on his last legs but still giving it his all for the crowd despite the forgotten lyrics and uneventful jams. There are some songs like So Many Roads that are unparalelled compared to earlier years. These shows have actually made me laugh, smile, and cry all at the same time. There is no better emotion than desparity mixed with joy. These years document the conflict between Jerry's soul and his body. Somehow the soul always ended up winning. So I urge all of you to treasure these shows and be grateful for the fragile beauty they convey.
Reviewer: RustyBrooks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2004
Subject: Are Y'all nuts?
This show was so much fun live. The So Many Roads alone owns your stem cells.
Reviewer: Harold of the Rocks - favorite - August 4, 2004
Subject: 1 highlight, the rest is abysmal
I was at this show and I have to agree. Other than the Unbroken Chain, this show was abysmal. I enjoyed the history involved with seeing the 1st Unbroken Chain, but the rest of the show is so awful that I can't even bring myself to download it. I saw all 3 shows from this run and these were the shows that pretty much convinced me that it was over.

Every single Unbroken Chain performed by Phil & Friends blows this 1st one away. Would you like to hear a real Unbroken Chain from eastern Pennsylvania? Check out the 11/17/01 PLQ show from Stabler Arena (Bethlehem, PA). Now THAT'S Unbroken Chain!
Reviewer: kingfahee - favoritefavorite - July 19, 2004
Subject:
of course unbroken chain,but the show itself was dreadful.i was there and well it was like every other 94-95 show.not worth the effort
Reviewer: oscar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2004
Subject: sumptin about philly
ironically enough at the moment they broke out alabama i knew we werent in kansas anymore, i was standing in the exact same spot i had seen my first show from '87 when they busted out the bust out of all bust outs, i nearly fainted into an old freinds arms, thanks for catching me dave b.! fuckin totally sick
Reviewer: NotDeadYet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2004
Subject: Been there, done that
How priceless is it to hear "Unbroken Chain", "Corrina", and "Not Fade Away"? Jerry forgot some of the lyrics, but it's Jerry so who cares? It was an amazing show and I'm glad someone posted it. Thanks for the flashback.
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